Two weeks ago, I was at my cabin riding my ATV. There was a black snake that was in my grandpaws yard fo his cabin. The snake was just under an estimated 5 ft long, which is almsot 5 ft too long for me. I went to the truck & grabbes dads .38. I went back to the snake, shot at it 5 yes, 5 times with 6 ft of the snake and missed every time. By this time, I'm amazed that I missed, I still have no idea how I missed. This snake coiled up & started stricking at me, it was ticked off to say the least. I went back to the cabin, got my .45 this time w/ snake shot and my dad & I both went looking for the snake. It was long gone. LAST EVENING (around 5:30pm) I'm sitting here at work & my dad calls from the cabin, says he wished I would'nt have missed the snake, becasue he's been bitten by what seems to be the same snake.!!!! He said he was mowing the grass on a riding tractor when he got bit by it. He said it was near the same spot it was last time, but on a log, by the time dad saw it, it struck him. Dad said after it got it , the snake went 90 miles an hour into the woods. I guess he bled alot, but nothing more than that, but man I feel bad now! Now I knwo some may get all worke dup over me trying to kill it, but I have my children down there & dont want them to end up in the same situation as my dad. I'm hoping to find it again on Saturday as I will be down there, this time I'll be sure to take shot shells the 1st time.